Cheshire East Budget

Cheshire East Council's Medium Term Financial Strategy 2014-2015

Cheshire East Council met on 27th February 2014 and agreed the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2014/2017. This resulted in the Borough’s ‘in great shape’ financially press release. The Report illustrates how the Council intends to ensure that Cheshire East remains the best place to live in the North West.
The Report includes two major appendices:

Appendix A: The Leader's Report (PDF, 856KB)  which sets out how the Council will continue to deliver its desired Outcomes and put residents and businesses first by:

  • Targeting prevention and fostering services to safeguard children and create better chances for a good start in life;
  • Increasing choices in adult social care and working to enable people to stay in their home for longer
  • Reducing carbon emissions and investing in our open spaces to  improve the environment
  • Improving services from buildings in the community, such as leisure centres and libraries;
  • Enabling our communities to become stronger.

Appendix B: The Appendix B: The Budget Report (PDF, 1MB) which includes the supporting financial assumptions.

The Council will fund its Outcomes 2014/2017 through:

  • Freezing Council Tax payments for the fourth year in a row;
  • Investing over £1bn in providing services to local people;
  • Reducing net expenditure by £6.4m in 2014/2015;
  • Maintaining reserves of £14m to protect vital services against risk and manage cashflow during the transformation of services;
  • Allocating £5.3m to earmarked reserves in 2014/2015 to invest in the longer term sustainability of the Council;
  • Allocating £15.7m to support vulnerable residents through continuation of the local Council Tax Support Scheme.

The Budget Report illustrates that the Council’s transition to a strategic commissioning model is well underway and a key aspect of this approach is to explore a range of delivery models to determine the best approach to deliver excellent and sustainable services to residents, businesses and service users across Cheshire East.

Cllr Peter Raynes, the Portfolio Holder for Finance introduced the Budget Report (PDF, 225KB) at the Council meeting.
The Report was agreed subject to one amendment to maintain investment in Public Rights of Way.  

The Medium Term Financial Strategy was considered by Cabinet at the  4th February 2014 Meeting (PDF, 90KB) and updated for any changes made as a result of the final Government funding announcements and comments received as part of the build up to Council.

Cheshire East Pre-Budget Report

This report provided stakeholders with the opportunity to understand the strategy behind the 2014/2015 Budget proposals. It contains an update on the Budget Setting process, as well as providing a summary of proposed changes to the current budget, and how this may affect services in the future.

The report identifies the various services Cheshire East Council is responsible for delivering, how we are doing, and what we are proposing to do in 2014/2015.

Proposals in this report are focused on delivering the Council’s desired outcomes. Key themes from the report include:

  • Investing over £1bn in providing services to local people
  • Targeting prevention and fostering services to safeguard children and create better chances for a good start in life
  • Increasing choices in adult social care and working to enable people to stay in their home for longer
  • Reducing carbon emissions and investing in our open spaces to  improve the environment
  • Improving services from buildings in the community, such as leisure centres and libraries
  • Enabling our communities to become stronger

A series of stakeholder events with the Schools Forum, Trades Unions and Businesses took place in January/February 2014, based on the Pre-Budget Report. This report was distributed to Town and Parish Councils and the Council’s partners in the voluntary, community and faith sector.

Feedback was collected through shapingourservices@cheshireeast.gov.uk up until 21 February 2014. All feedback was presented to Cabinet and Council to inform the final decisions made on delivering these proposals and the overall Budget.

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